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The Internet Archive Software Collection

The Internet Archive Software Collection is the largest vintage and historical software library in the world, providing instant access to millions of programs, CD-ROM images, documentation and multimedia.

The collection includes a broad range of software related materials including shareware, freeware, video news releases about software titles, speed runs of actual software game play, previews and promos for software games, high-score and skill replays of various game genres, and the art of filmmaking with real-time computer game engines.

Some highlighted collections:

The Old School Emulation Center (TOSEC) is a retrocomputing initiative dedicated to the cataloging and preservation of software, firmware and resources for microcomputers, minicomputers and video game consoles. The main goal of the project is to catalog and audit various kinds of software and firmware images for these systems. TOSEC catalogs over 200 unique computing platforms and continues to grow. The project has identified and cataloged over 450,000 different software images/sets, consisting of over 3.60TB of software, firmware and resources. The goal of the TOSEC project is to maintain a database of all software and firmware images for all microcomputers, minicomputers and video game consoles. In addition to this, the project also catalogs other computing and gaming resources such as software and hardware manuals, magazine scans and computing catalogs.

The CD Archive collects thousands of Shareware and Cover CD-ROMs from the heyday of the CD-ROM (late 1980s to mid 2000s) and provides ISO images as well as links inside these collections of software. With over 2,500 discs now hosted, the archive allows access to a wide range of historical collections, including curations by defunct groups like Walnut Creek and Linux/Unix distributions of the past. Other CD-ROMs include images and digitized music, documentation sets and game modifications. Most of these CD-ROMs can be downloaded as .ISO or .CDR files, as well as browsed online through the Internet Archive's file listing interface.

The DEMU collection is a curated collection hosting over 4,000 classic PC-based games from a quarter century. The collection contains shareware, freeware, and demo programs, all DOS or Windows-based.

The FTP Site Boneyard is a collection of various FTP sites from around the internet, gathering what were once the dominant form of file transfer online but which have fallen to the wayside in favor of other update servers and cloud-based storage. From the mid 1980s to the late 2000s, FTP sites would gather various needed patches, programs, utilities or information and make it available in a quick, seamless fashion. This boneyard contains many prominent FTP sites of the past, including MPOLI.FI and its ancient machine drivers, ftp.netscape.com and ftp.lotus.com. In all, many gigabytes of historical files are located here.

Many times, contributions and collections come in the form of a disk drive, or the output from a single hard drive's contents. Instead of delaying these items until they can be curated, the Disk Drives collection provides access to these large file repositories. In most cases, these collections can be browsed online, allowing access to all manner of user-created software writing dating from the 1980s-1990s period.

Built from the cache of an ISP that stopped providing a mirror after many years, the Linux Distributions collection contains many Linux and other Free OS distributions going back to the dawn of open-source operating systems. The collection primarily contains ISOs of the original CD and DVD-ROMs.

Many other groups are working hard to save and provide easier access to vintage software. Besides preserving the data off the original medium, these groups also classify, curate, and describe the software for historical context. In some cases, additional programs are provided to analyze the works and allow modern computers to access the material. The vintage software contains the many different efforts put out by these groups.

Be sure to browse the Software Sites collection, which gathers a number of now-dormant mirrors and collections to allow continued access to the older materials. Among the highlights are a 2004 TUCOWS mirror, a 2012 GITHUB gathering of deleted files, and others.

Finally, do not miss the Open Source Software Collection, which is the default contribution space for the users of the Internet Archive to keep copies of software available to all. Tens of thousands of programs, distributions and provisions are located here.

The Software Collection primarily provides the actual binary data for programs, as well as the original storage archives for files. If you are looking for manuals, books, or printed information, there are a number of other collections at the archive, including sections for manuals, computer magazines, computer newsletters and computer books.

Please contact Jason Scott, software curator at the Internet Archive, with questions, suggestions or possible donations to the collection.


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SGI CD: Hot Mix 17
CD-ROM Images
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SGI CD: Hot Mix 4
Topics: SGI, IRIX, HotMix
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: Freeware November 1998
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: IRIX Networker 4.1.3
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: Freeware June 1998
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: O2 INSERT FIRST
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CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: Documenter's Workbench 4.1.3
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CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: Freeware May 1999
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: Hot Mix 18
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: Hot Mix 19
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: DCE 1.2.2 Base Executive-Client
CD-ROM Software Library
by Silicon Graphics, Inc.
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This is a complete CD set of SGI IRIX 6.5 from June 1998. It includes the following CDs Installation Tools June 1998 [812-0758-002] Foundation 1 [812-0759-002] Foundation 2 [812-0760-002] Applications June 1998 [812-0761-002] Base Documentation June 1998 [812-0779-001] Development Foundatin [812-0757-002] Development Libraries [812-0766-002] ONC3/NFS Version 3 [812-0774-001] SNMP Access to HP-UX MIB 1.1.2 [812-0783-001] Also included are scans of all CDs, scans of one of the CD sleeves, scans...
Topics: SGI, IRIX, CD
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: IRIX 6.3 Development Libraries
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: IRIX 6.3 Development Foundation
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: IRIX 6.5 Foundation 2
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: IRIX 6.5 Applications November 1999
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: IRIX 6.2 Development Libraries
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: IRIX 6.4 Applications August 1997
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: IRIX 6.5 Applications June 1998
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: IRIX 6.5 Development Libraries
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: IRIX 6.3 Applications August 1997
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: IRIX 6.4 Development Foundation
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: Open Inventor 3D Toolkit 2.1.2
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: IRIX 6.5 Development Foundation
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: IRIX 6.4 Development Libraries
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: IRIX 6.2 Development Foundation
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: Cosmo Suite August 1998
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: IRIX 6.5 Foundation 1
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: Silicon Graphics Multilink Adapter Documentation
Windows Desktop Themes
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Windows 2000
Topics: Windows 2000, Windows XP
Community Software
by SiliconGraphics
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Little box of 5 CDs that came with an O2. Contains Cosmo Suite August '98 Media ValuePack WebFORCE August '98 Intranet Junction 1.0.2 Alias/Wavefront Composer 4.5 PDF Generator 1.2 And scans of CDs, box, paperwork, temporary licenses, whatever. Done in a bit of a hurry but should be serviceable. Else just leave a review and I'll try and fix it. Disc images are .cue's, hopefully usable from a PC
Topics: SGI, SiliconGraphics, Alias, Wavefront, Cosmo, O2
CD-ROM Images
by Novell Suse
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SUSE Linux Enterprise 9.0 SP3 IA64 for SGI PRISM/ALTIX including SGI ProPack SP3
Topics: SGI SUSE NOVELL SLES9 PRISM ALTIX LINUX, PRISM, IA64
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: ImageVision Library 3.2.1 Development Option for IRIX 6.5
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: IRIX Development Foundation 1.2 for IRIX 6.2
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SGI CD: Networker 4.2.5 for IRIX 6.2, 6.3 and 6.4
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: MineSet 2.0.1 for IRIX 6.2 and later
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: SoftWindows 95 5.0 for IRIX 6.5
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: ENlightenDSM 1.1 for UNIX and NT
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: IRIX 6.5.6 Overlays (2 of 2) November 1999
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: IRIX 6.4 Recommended-Required Patches July 1998
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: Freeware (part 2 of 2) November 1999
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: IRIS Performer 2.2 for IRIX 6.2 and later
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: WebFORCE (1 of 2) February 1998
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: EnlightenDSM 3.1 for UNIX and NT
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: IRIX 6.5.2 Base Documentation November 1998
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: Freeware (part 1 of 2) November 1999
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: IRIX 6.3 for O2 Including R10000
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: Origin and Onyx2 System Disk Patches May 1998
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: Networker 4.2.9 for IRIX 6.2, 6.3 and 6.4
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: Silicon Graphics 1600SW Flat Panel Monitor
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: O2 IRIX 6.3 Recommended-Required Patches August 1997
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: O2 Demos 1.1.1 for IRIX 6.3 Including R10000
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CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: IRIX 6.4 Recommended-Required Patches April 1998
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: IRIX 6.4 for Origin, Onyx2 and OCTANE
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: IRIX 6.5 Base Documentation June 1998
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: IRIX 6.5.6 Base Documentation November 1999
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: Performance Co-Pilot for Webservers 1.1
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: Origin-Onyx2 Patch Supplement July 1998
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: IRIX 6.5.1 2 of 2 Overlays August 1998
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: IRIX Development Foundation 1.2 for IRIX 6.4
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: IRIX 5.3 for Indy R4400 175MHz
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: IRIX 6.5 Installation Tools June 1998
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CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: IRIX Development Foundation 1.2 for IRIX 6.3
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: WebFORCE (2 of 2) February 1998
Game Source Code Collection
by DUX Software
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Note: If you want to run this on a modern linux computer, good news! The source code of this version of the game was released by EA a few years ago. Original description:    Multi Player SimCity for X11 is now available from DUX Software! DESCRIPTION:     SimCity, the original award winning city simulation game from Maxis Software, now runs on powerful Unix workstations with X11!  DUX's implementation of SimCity for Unix was awarded product of the year 1992 by Unix World in the January...
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Topics: sgi, simcity, sunos, solaris, shareware, game
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: Compiler Execution Environment 7.3 for IRIX 6.5 through 6.5.4
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: IRIS Performer 2.2 Friends Demo CD for IRIX 6.2 and later
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: Insignia SoftWindows 95 4.0 for IRIX 6.3 and 6.4
SGI CD: Freeware 2.0 Unsupported software compatible with IRIX 6.2 and later
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: IRIS Performer 2.2 Yosemite Demo CD for IRIX 6.2 and later
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: MIPSpro Fortran-90 7.2 for IRIX 6.2, 6.3 and 6.4
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: MIPSpro C++ 7.2 for IRIX 6.2, 6.3 and 6.4
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: MIPSpro Fortran-77 7.2 for IRIX 6.2, 6.3 and 6.4
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: WorkShop Pro MPF 2.7 for IRIX 6.2, 6.3 and 6.4
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: ONC3-NFS Version 2, for IRIX 6.2, 6.3 and 6.4